KAB has long been a frontrunner in shaping and innovating the strong Danish tradition of high-quality housing creating rented housing for Copenhageners with a respect for people, a focus on daylight, openness and solid materials that enrich everyday life.
KAB administers a portfolio of 50.000 tenancies for 43 different housing associations. Therefore KAB’s new headquarter of 7,400 m2 on DSB’s former plot in Kgs. Enghave is an important building serving a large group of residents in Copenhagen. Because KAB is an organization constantly seeking to innovate our ambition is to create a headquarters that challenges classic notions of workspaces.
In close corporation with KAB, SLA landscape architects and NIRAS engineering we look forward to creating a headquarters that will serve as the framework for a continued innovation of the Danish housing tradition. At the same time, it will be the inspiring daily framework for 400 employees simultaneously creating an entirely new public space in Copenhagen with the agenda of becoming an important point of connection between the already established neighborhoods of Sydhavnen and Vesterbro and upcoming neighborhoods Carlsbergbyen and Lille Vesterbro.
“It obligates winning the design of a headquarters for an organization as forward-looking as KAB, themselves being specialists in innovative housing. We are excited to activate the former DSB plot giving Copenhagen a new public space. We are going to focus on the various ways in which the KAB-House will give value to residents in the area, a project to sustain a corporate culture that people from the outside can benefit from. A building where clients, board members, external developers, tenants and residents in the area can reside discussing projects for the housing sector, develop ideas or just drop by to be a part of KAB’s world,” says Signe Kongebro, Partner at Henning Larsen.
The vision is to create a robust, publicly accessible headquarters generous enough to add value to a heavily trafficked area. The project is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2021.